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Is "Beethoven's Deafness" the same thing as otosclerosis?

There is controversy around the reason why Beethoven, a musician born in the 1700s, became deaf later in his life. It is not known whether Beethoven had otosclerosis or if his deafness was caused by something else. Reputable medical sources will call otosclerosis by its real name. However, some popular articles or references to people with otosclerosis may use the term "Beethoven's deafness" to refer to otosclerosis.

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